These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Illinois have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for singles in Illinois.

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Are you trying to find love in Illinois?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Illinois, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Prairie State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in Illinois? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in Illinois for 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Urbana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Chicago (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Champaign (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Carbondale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Blue Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lyons (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Cicero (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Maywood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bensenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Harvey (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in Illinois? That would be Frankfort.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in Illinois or the safest places to live in Illinois.

For more Illinois reading, check out:

How do you determine which city is best for singles in Illinois anyways?

To give you the places in Illinois which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Prairie State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Illinois, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Illinois, that meant a total of 218 cities.

Read on to see why Urbana is the talk of the town while Frankfort is probably a bit on the boring side.

Urbana, IL

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Population: 42,141
Median Age: 24.3
Married households: 27.8%
Households with kids: 16.6%
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Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 41,250 at the 2010 census. Urbana is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.

Chicago, IL

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Population: 2,722,586
Median Age: 34.1
Married households: 32.8%
Households with kids: 23.5%
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Chicago or ), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. It is the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10million people and is the third-largest in the United States. Chicago has often been called a global architecture capital and is considered one of the most important business centers in the world.

Review Of Chicago by HomeSnacks User

The crime rate in this city is high. I couldn’t find anything worth while to do without traveling to the heart of the city.

The abandoned buildings on every block was an absolute turn off. The design and placement of the homes were too close and unattractive.

Champaign, IL

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Population: 85,710
Median Age: 27.2
Married households: 34.4%
Households with kids: 20.3%
More on Champaign: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The city is 135 miles south of Chicago, 124 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and 178mi northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The United States Census Bureau estimates the city was home to 84,513 people as of July 1, 2014. Champaign is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois, and the state’s fourth-most populous city outside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Carbondale, IL

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Population: 26,196
Median Age: 23.8
Married households: 23.4%
Households with kids: 19.0%
More on Carbondale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as “Little Egypt.” The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. Today the major roadways of Illinois Route 13 and U.S. Route 51 intersect in the city. The city is 96 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University.

Blue Island, IL

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Population: 22,446
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 29.7%
Households with kids: 26.9%
More on Blue Island: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blue Island is a city in Cook County, Illinois, located approximately 16 miles south of Chicago’s Loop. Blue Island is adjacent to the city of Chicago and shares its northern boundary with that city’s Morgan Park neighborhood. The population was 23,706 at the 2010 United States Census.

Lyons, IL

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Population: 10,599
Median Age: 34.3
Married households: 34.7%
Households with kids: 31.1%
More on Lyons: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lyons is a village in Lyons Township Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,729 at the 2010 census. The Chicago Portage National Historic Site is located in Lyons.

Cicero, IL

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Population: 83,735
Median Age: 29.3
Married households: 48.6%
Households with kids: 45.6%
More on Cicero: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cicero is a suburb of Chicago and an incorporated town in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 83,891 at the 2010 census. As of 2013, the town had a total population of 84,103, making it the 11th largest municipality in Illinois. Cicero is named for the town of Cicero, New York, which in turn was named for Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Roman statesman and orator.

Maywood, IL

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Population: 23,981
Median Age: 35.2
Married households: 34.9%
Households with kids: 27.8%
More on Maywood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Maywood is a village in Proviso Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. It was founded on April 6, 1869, and organized October 22, 1881. The population was 24,090 at the 2010 United States Census.

Bensenville, IL

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Population: 18,432
Median Age: 34.9
Married households: 49.3%
Households with kids: 28.8%
More on Bensenville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Harvey, IL

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Population: 25,685
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 26.1%
Households with kids: 26.0%
More on Harvey: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Harvey is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, and a south suburb of Chicago. The population was 25,282 at the 2010 census. The city suffers from high levels of poverty and unemployment. It also suffers from high levels of crime.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Illinois for 2019

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Illinois ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Illinois according to the data:

  1. Frankfort
  2. Campton Hills
  3. Columbia

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Illinois

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Urbana, IL 42,141 24.3
2 Chicago, IL 2,722,586 34.1
3 Champaign, IL 85,710 27.2
4 Carbondale, IL 26,196 23.8
5 Blue Island, IL 22,446 36.5
6 Lyons, IL 10,599 34.3
7 Cicero, IL 83,735 29.3
8 Maywood, IL 23,981 35.2
9 Bensenville, IL 18,432 34.9
10 Harvey, IL 25,685 35.8
11 Danville, IL 31,765 36.9
12 Wheeling, IL 38,264 37.4
13 Chicago Ridge, IL 14,338 32.7
14 Waukegan, IL 87,999 31.5
15 Berwyn, IL 56,367 34.5
16 Dekalb, IL 43,141 24.7
17 Charleston, IL 21,202 25.2
18 Jacksonville, IL 18,812 37.5
19 Evanston, IL 75,557 36.0
20 Bellwood, IL 19,165 36.6
21 Rolling Meadows, IL 23,418 38.0
22 Lombard, IL 43,776 39.1
23 Kankakee, IL 26,036 35.0
24 Glendale Heights, IL 34,330 34.3
25 Palatine, IL 69,099 37.7
26 Lisle, IL 23,024 39.1
27 Riverdale, IL 13,025 36.1
28 Oak Forest, IL 28,027 42.2
29 Macomb, IL 18,684 25.2
30 Woodridge, IL 33,447 37.6
31 Burbank, IL 29,081 38.0
32 Chicago Heights, IL 30,292 34.1
33 Normal, IL 54,531 24.4
34 Forest Park, IL 14,127 40.1
35 Bloomington, IL 78,426 34.1
36 Streator, IL 13,241 39.5
37 Addison, IL 37,104 35.6
38 Hazel Crest, IL 13,935 40.9
39 Worth, IL 10,780 42.1
40 Midlothian, IL 14,809 38.7
41 Franklin Park, IL 18,257 39.1
42 Lincoln, IL 13,912 38.1
43 Dolton, IL 23,091 36.6
44 Peoria, IL 115,424 34.3
45 Rockford, IL 148,640 36.5
46 Oak Lawn, IL 56,754 41.1
47 Sterling, IL 14,948 38.3
48 Country Club Hills, IL 16,756 37.1
49 Park Forest, IL 21,672 38.7
50 Alsip, IL 19,302 35.9
51 Pekin, IL 33,747 38.9
52 Summit, IL 11,398 30.6
53 Prospect Heights, IL 16,345 38.4
54 Woodstock, IL 25,340 36.1
55 Moline, IL 42,644 39.7
56 Aurora, IL 200,946 32.8
57 Northlake, IL 12,376 34.3
58 Des Plaines, IL 58,805 43.2
59 Markham, IL 12,649 37.4
60 Bridgeview, IL 16,511 37.6
61 Justice, IL 12,973 31.8
62 Schiller Park, IL 11,779 40.2
63 Melrose Park, IL 25,447 32.9
64 East St. Louis, IL 26,678 35.6
65 Rock Island, IL 38,560 37.0
66 North Chicago, IL 30,013 24.3
67 Carol Stream, IL 40,231 37.5
68 Hickory Hills, IL 13,852 38.4
69 Sycamore, IL 17,712 34.9
70 Warrenville, IL 13,373 37.3
71 Belleville, IL 42,283 36.6
72 Hanover Park, IL 38,350 33.4
73 Streamwood, IL 40,615 38.0
74 Villa Park, IL 21,867 38.1
75 Elmwood Park, IL 24,831 40.1
76 Schaumburg, IL 74,427 38.5
77 Oak Park, IL 52,229 39.0
78 Richton Park, IL 13,661 40.1
79 Westmont, IL 25,040 40.4
80 Mount Prospect, IL 54,493 39.7
81 Galesburg, IL 31,215 39.7
82 Elgin, IL 112,628 34.1
83 Wood Dale, IL 13,897 39.2
84 Wheaton, IL 53,577 38.0
85 Alton, IL 27,037 38.0
86 River Grove, IL 10,232 40.0
87 Rantoul, IL 13,190 32.6
88 Springfield, IL 116,313 38.9
89 Carpentersville, IL 38,280 30.4
90 Mattoon, IL 17,370 39.8
91 Quincy, IL 40,587 39.9
92 Edwardsville, IL 24,823 29.6
93 Joliet, IL 148,172 33.5
94 Collinsville, IL 24,767 36.9
95 Zion, IL 24,157 32.3
96 Crestwood, IL 10,959 47.5
97 Bradley, IL 15,515 34.2
98 Grayslake, IL 21,168 37.2
99 Effingham, IL 12,517 36.1
100 Palos Hills, IL 17,540 42.3

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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